Learning Mindset

For staff and students, there is no doubt that education is becoming a stressful affair. The quest for targets and grades can leave teachers exhausted and students experiencing high levels of stress resulting in a mixture of anger, anxiety and depression.

But there are things we can do, small changes that can have a rapid effect on the school culture, the drive of students and the confidence of staff.

The more we learn about neuroscience, the more we have insight into the amazing way that the brain learns. We now know this is not limited to what happens in the class but how regular and beneficial downtime can promote the peak performance of the brain – whether for teaching or for learning.

With a history in working as a Head of Year in education and now working as a full time hypnotherapist with over 2500 hours of one to one client work completed, I understand the amazing ways that we can train the brain to get optimum results.

I am now offering these inspirational sessions to schools in a variety of packages, from INSET to student workshops.

These sessions can be tailor made to suit the outcomes desired from the school and the emotional challenges met their students.

Examples of sessions include:

The Neurology of Stress

Students will learn:

  • What is stress? Can it be seen positively if we respond to it positively?
  • How the intellectual and primitive areas of our minds operate and how stress causes us to lose intellectual control.
  • What can happen in our minds and bodies when we lose intellectual control (anger, anxiety, depression).
  • How our brains regulate stress and how we can use this neurology to take control of our stress levels.
  • The relationship between stress and REM sleep.
  • The importance of producing Serotonin (a catalyst for mentally positive behaviour)
  • How to spot negative thought patterns in friends and how to support each other with negative emotions.

Activities:

  • Quiz – Are you ‘flight’, ‘fight’ or ‘freeze?’ (Hands up help students gain sympathy for how their peers respond to stress allowing them to become more tolerant)
  • Card Sort – How do you know that you are stressed?
  • Decipher the meaning in a metaphorical story.

Key messages:

  • We all get stressed but all have different ways to manage it.
  • How to recognise that we are feeling stressed and take positive action.

 

The Importance of sleep

Students will learn:

  • The cycles of sleep and the importance of REM / NREM sleep.
  • The impact of sleep deprivation on the body and mind (sleep deprivation is now considered anything under 7 hours and the studies into the short and long-term impact of this is staggering).
  • What is the circadian rhythm and how I-phones and LED lighting impacts our sleep?
  • How to promote better sleep.
  • The teenage brain – why is sleep more important in teenagers than adults.

Activities:

  • Sleep quiz – Can you identify the conditions in which your brain will fall asleep more easily?
  • Planning the bedtime routine.

Key messages:

  • To value sleep as much as healthy eating and exercise.
  • To factor in a good sleep into the daily routine.

 

Neurology and Study

Students will learn:

  • How we can use brain science to make us better equipped to deal with stress (including exams).
  • SWISH technique.
  • Habit Stacking.
  • Stimulus promotion.
  • Solution Focused Questioning.

Activities:

  • SWISH technique practical exercise.
  • Planning positive habits.
  • Solution focused interview.
  • Hypnotherapy relaxation demonstration.

Key messages:

  • We can take control of our own feelings and emotions.
  • What are the practical steps that I can take today?

 

Teacher INSET

Options for 30 minute to 1 hour INSET

Option A: The Neurology of Stress

Teachers will learn:

  • What is stress? Can it be seen positively if we respond to it positively.
  • How the intellectual and primitive areas of our minds operate and how stress causes us to lose intellectual control.
  • What can happen in our bodies when we lose intellectual control in our minds (anger, anxiety, depression).
  • Positive steps towards managing stress levels including:
  1. Solution Focused Mindset
  2. Prioritising sleep
  3. Creating positive habits to beat procrastination / overthinking / catastrophic thinking
  4. Supporting the management of stress in others.

 

Key messages:

  • Stress is our friend, but not taking action to resolve it is where the problems begin.
  • We can take control of our own feelings and emotions.
  • Methods we can use to reduce our feelings of stress.

 

Option B: Managing Stress in Young People

Teachers will learn:

  • What is stress? Can it be seen positively if we respond to it positively.
  • How the intellectual and primitive areas of our minds operate and how stress causes us to lose intellectual control.
  • What can happen to students when they get stuck in their primitive minds.
  • Signs of primitive thinking.
  • How to move students quickly from primitive thinking to intellectual thinking.

 Key messages:

  • Angry students are in the same headspace as anxious students – they should be treated with the same care.
  • Student’s stress levels can be reversed very quickly using the right techniques.
  • How to encourage students to self-manage their stress.

 

Option C: Transforming mindset with sleep

Teachers will learn:

  • What is sleep deprivation?
  • Key studies into the impact of sleep deprivation.
  • The stages of sleep and the chemicals involved in this process (Circadian Rhythm, REM, NREM, Noradrenaline, Dopamine, adenosine).
  • The cost of sleep deprivation to the well-being of staff and students.
  • How to encourage positive sleeping patterns.

Key messages:

  • Studies are showing sleep is more important than diet and exercise yet we live in a society that promotes sleep deprivation as positive.
  • Why does 8 hours sleep equals better work productivity in staff and students?
  • Why we should prioritise sleep?

 

Pricing will be quoted depending on the job and the location of the school

For more information, please email me at info@paulmilhamhypnotherapy.co.uk or call 07780 843817

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